EDGE COMPUTING: THE FOURTH WAVE RISES

DELL EMC LEADS THE MARKET IN DELIVERING COMPREHENSIVE EDGE SOLUTIONS

INTRODUCTION


The IT and compute industry has undergone three tectonic shifts in compute models since the 1960s. Centralized compute with mainframes gave way to client server and distributed compute in the 1980s. The 1990s saw the rise of mobility. Smart phones, the internet, and eventually cloud computing emerged enabled by virtualization. This rise of the cloud saw a return to a more centralized compute model where compute resources are provisioned to users and workloads.

Edge computing has ushered in the fourth wave of computing. This distributed compute model executes data analysis and processing close to the data source. According to Gartner, 20 billion devices will make up the Internet of Things (IoT) by 2020. Approximately 6 billion of those devices will be dedicated to driving efficiencies in business, healthcare, science, and government. 1 This explosive growth in the number of devices has led to an even greater explosion in the creation of data. In this same time that the industry sees 20 billion connected devices, we see between 35 zettabytes (ZB) and 45 ZB of data generated by 2020. That number should rise to over 150 ZB by 2025.

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